Stars can end hopes of historic San Jose comeback
Dallas trying to keep distraction of Morrow's 2 called-back goals to a minimum
Cliché alert: Those folks down in Dallas may know the way to San Jose, but that doesn't mean they want to go back there anytime soon.
Still up 3-2 over the San Jose Sharks despite losing the last two games, the Dallas Stars know they must get this thing over with Sunday night (8 p.m. CT), because any Game 7, no matter the situation, is a crap shoot.
"We need to lock things up, clean it up, go home and win a game," Stars captain Brenden Morrow said after Game 5. "Every game we lose, we give them more life, but I like our position better than theirs."
NHL fans know that only two teams have come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series — Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942 and the New York Islanders 33 seasons removed from here.
It was an overtime goal by Joe Pavelski on Friday night that gave the Sharks the Game 5 win, and it led to cautious optimism on one side and nervous denial on the other.
"I think they obviously have the advantage, but they know it's going to be a series," said San Jose defenceman Brian Campbell.
Over in the other room, goaltender Marty Turco had the script down pat.
"We're not down or disappointed. They made a great shot," he said. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy, and it certainly wasn't easy.
"My only concern is keep pushing forward and give our home fans another series win at home."
He's not nervous. Really.
Fallout from disallowed goals
If there's an elephant in the Dallas room, it's the fallout from two officials' calls in the last game calling back a pair of apparent goals by Brenden Morrow.
With 4:29 left in the second period, Morrow raced to the net as a puck was coming in from the side and, it was later ruled after replay, he used his skate to deflect it into the net.
That would have made it 2-0.
Morrow got one that counted before the period was over to give the stars a two-goal cushion into the third.
There, he more obviously used his glove to redirect the puck in for what would have been a 3-0 lead.
Cue the comeback, and back to Dallas everyone went.
Overcome the bad luck
"Sometimes you get a bad break, sometimes it's a good break," said the Stars' Stephane Robidas. "It's hard to let it go, but we didn't play that bad of a game."
With all the media and fan attention around the two Morrow call-backs, they might not have let it go as quickly as the coaching staff might like.
"It's frustrating, but we're still up 3-2," Robidas said. "They have their backs against the wall.
"There's pressure on us, too, but at the same time, we need one and they need two."
And they have to come one at a time.
With files from the Associated Press